This quote from Michael Hyatt frames our discussion:
The truth is that we will never have more of what we truly desire until we become fully thankful for what we have. —Michael Hyatt
A thankful heart always leads to a joyful one.
Psalms of Discipleship—Principle #42
Life Principles For Those Who Choose To Follow Jesus And Live The Discipled Life
Key Scripture: Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth. Psalm 100:1
Core Value: Worship
Joy, exuberant joy, is a vital commodity for the disciple of Jesus Christ. There are some who simply endure their brand of Christianity. Their faith is nothing more than a mundane religious experience—a lot of activity but offers nothing that ever produces any measure of joy. How sad. How frequent. How come?
Often, it is because they have replaced a relationship with God founded upon love (grace) and embraced a religion based upon performance (works).
Those who “enJoy” the Lord have discovered the power behind their ability to experience joy, no matter how challenging the present circumstance may be. They experience His joy and receive His strength (Nehemiah 8:10).
Here is the takeaway: God never requires us to do something without first giving us all of the resources we need to obey Him. In this case, we are able to shout joyfully to the Lord because He has filled our heart with joy. He gives it. We give it right back to Him.
Principle #42 & Personal Application: Quality disciples shout joyfully to the Lord.
• When we are full of His joy we shout.
• When we are full of His joy we shout joyfully to the Lord.
• When we are full of His joy we shout joyfully to the Lord along with all the earth.
Reflect & Respond: Some Really Good Questions To Ponder…
How does it make you feel when you experience the joy of the Lord?
In what ways does His joy impact your worship of Him?
Lord Jesus, my worship of You is prompted by Your grace that fills my heart. Because of all You have done for me I will shout joyfully to You along with all the earth.
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